Definition of let fly in US English:

let fly


  • Attack, either physically or verbally.

    ‘the troops let fly with tear gas’
    • ‘A furious Hayden let fly verbally at Jones, who had raised his hand in apology.’
    • ‘But he was only saving that for later in the speech - the fourth quarter, as it were - and then he let fly.’
    • ‘Well, I verbally let fly, causing Daddy to come in and, thankfully, and fairly, he stuck up for me.’
    • ‘The details are still blurry, but it seems that a couple of boar hunters let fly at the wolf for no particular reason except his wolfhood.’
    • ‘It's written from the point of view of boisterous, bolshie Gemma; who when she learns Alice's parents are taking her away to Scotland, lets fly at Alice's mum Karen.’
    • ‘Handfuls of stones were loaded into our respective weapons, and as the first bird flew over, we let fly.’
    • ‘The man took the piece of rock he was given, whirled it in his sling, and let fly.’
    • ‘Today, he let fly at the Air Traffic Controllers' Association, saying they're overstating the danger.’
    • ‘The biggest reception, indeed a rapturous one, greeted the next speaker, who well and truly let fly.’
    • ‘Once she has lured the audience into misjudging just how innocent she really is, she lets fly with more voracious comments.’
    hurl, fling, throw, propel, pitch, lob, toss, launch, cast, shy, project, catapult, bowl
    lose one's temper with, lash out at, scold, criticize, condemn, chastise, chide, rant at, inveigh against, rail against, abuse, revile
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